Julia Plinston

Community Development Officer, based at Community Action Northumberland

What’s your role in a nutshell?

I co-ordinate the Northumberland Rural Employment Hubs which provide support to job seekers living in rural parts of the county to look for work and manage CAN’s 2 bridge workers.

Do you have a secret talent for anything?

Yoga – particularly effortlessly getting into the lotus position.

What’s the best part of your job?   

Making a difference for the members of our groups – seeing them make progress towards achieving their ambitions.

What do your colleagues say is your best quality? 

I asked one of my colleagues and she said that I have a lot of patience am caring and always ready to listen.

What’s your favourite memory/proudest memory?

It’s difficult to pick just one, but I lost my Dad recently and a day the two of us spent together when I was about 12 keeps popping into my head.  We walked up Cader Idris in Snowdonia on a beautiful snowy day, nearly slid down a scree slope on the way but kept going.  I can still see the look of pride in me on his face when we made it to the top. That was great.

What’s your favourite food?

Prawns, scallops, and black forest cherry cake.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

Gardening, hill walking and playing, a wide range of arts and crafts – but most of all spending time with family.

What advice do you have for people considering joining the programme?

Give it a go. Taking the first steps is always difficult but it’s well worth it.